Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has won Rally New Zealand today to further extend his lead at the top of the 2012 World Rally Championship.

Loeb seized the lead from team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen in the final test on Friday and while the battle continued on Saturday, the Frenchman finished the leg 6.4 seconds ahead. After that Citroen instructed both drivers' to hold position and on the final day today they held on to take another one-two - the third in succession.

Petter Solberg meanwhile took third for Ford, albeit more than a minute off P2, after opting for the wrong tyres on Friday morning.

Evgney Novikov was fourth for the M-Sport Ford team, ahead of Thierry Neuville and Prodrive MINI man, Dani Sordo.

Jari-Matti Latvala came in seventh, after losing over four minutes on Friday afternoon when he went off in SS7. He took the Power Stage win, but that was scant consolation.

Armindo Araujo, Ken Block and Manfred Stohl completed the points' scorers in positions 8 through to 10.

Ott Tanak was the most notable retirement, rolling out in SS20 on the final day. He had been running in fifth.

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Rally New Zealand: Overall standings after Stage 22 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRC4hours 04mins 51.2secs M
2. Mikko HirvonenCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRC+00mins 29.6secs M
3. Petter SolbergFord WRT Fiesta RS WRC+01mins 36.4secs M
4. Evgeny NovikovM-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC+02mins 13.6secs M
5. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC+02mins 42.4secs M
6. Dani SordoProdrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +03mins 03.1secs
7. Jari-Matti LatvalaFord WRT Fiesta RS WRC+04mins 52.9secs M
8. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +09mins 36.4secs
9. Ken BlockMonster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC+10mins 30.3secs
10. Manfred StohlBrazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC+11mins 26.3secs M


11. Jari KetomaaFord Fiesta RS WRC+12mins 35.7s
12. Hayden PaddonSkoda Fabia S2000+15mins 26.2secs S
13. Richard MasonSubaru Impreza WRX STi+15mins 59.3secs
16. Marcos LigatoSubaru Impreza WRX STi+30mins 29.7secs P
17. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +31mins 53.5secs

Rally New Zealand: Power Stage / SS22 (Top 3):

1. Jari-Matti LatvalaFord WRT Fiesta RS WRC4mins 14.3secs M
2. Petter SolbergFord WRT Fiesta RS WRC+00mins 01.5secs M
3. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRC4hours 00mins 01.7secs M

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point

SWRC standings after Stage 22 - Top 3:

1. Hayden PaddonSkoda Fabia S20004hours 20mins 17.4secs S
2. Per-Gunnar Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000+33mins 19.7secs S
3. Maciej OleksowiczFord Fiesta S2000+43mins 37.9secs

PWRC standings after Stage 22 - Top 3:

1. Marcos LigatoSubaru Impreza WRX STi4hours 35mins 20.9secs P
2. Subhan AksaMitsubishi Lancer Evo X+05mins 50.8secs P
3. Ricardo TrivinoMitsubishi Lancer Evo IX+07mins 07.0secs P

Notable retirements:

DNS. Henning SolbergFord Fiesta RS WRCListed on the entry list, but did not make the trip out to NZ

SS3. Per-Gunnar AnderssonProton Satria Neo S2000Went off the road S*
SS4. Alister McRaeProton Satria Neo S2000Mechanical problem S*

SS11. Lorenzo BertelliSubaru Impreza WRX STiWent off the road P
SS11/SS12 Alister McRaeProton Satria Neo S2000Unknown S*
SS15. Per-Gunnar AnderssonProton Satria Neo S2000Lost a wheel S*
SS15. Alexey KikireshkoMitsubishi Lancer Evo IXMechanical P
SS15. Ramona KarlssonMitsubishi Lancer Evo XFire P

SS19 Alister McRaeProton Satria Neo S2000Mechanical S
SS20. Ott TanakM-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road M

* denotes re-started under Rally 2

all times unofficial



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